Pulmonary embolism

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two years post pe. On lifelong anticoagulation. Had cold/sore throat/cough which is lingering and giving me pain when breathing out deeply.  Treating with paracetamol till it goes. Should i be concerned?

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    Hi Ann. How long have you had cough? Lots of virus about. May be mention to pharmasist they can be very helpful. Hope you feeling better soon. I had bilateral pe in August 16. On apixaban for life. Try not to get too anxious. x
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    rolleyesHi Ann,

    I am about 18 months post PEs and also on lifelong anticoagulants (warfarin). I find I am much more prone to chest issues than before. I get pain/discomfort if I cough too much and had concluded it was scarring (I did have a lot of clots though). 

    I also wonder if we are more aware than before the PEs - that is to say prior to the episode, we would have just shrugged it off and a stress or strain? Also, worthy of note - in all the time my PEs were happening (over a week between hospital visits...don't ask rolleyes wink the pain always came when I breathed IN, never when I breathed out.

    Hope that helps

    Peter

    p.s. It's a real nuisance you easily can't see what's going on in there...

    P

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      Hi Peter Did you get a scan after a year so you know if clots have dispersed ?. As you say it's not knowing what's going on inside our body. I asked my GP and she said she didn't think they would bother checking. I had bilateral multiple clots last August. Must say had a whole week of feeling positive. But there not a day goes by where I don't think about what happened.

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      Thank you. I think i am of same opinion as you. We are just more virus prone now and i never had issues with a chest infection in  60 years. I also think it is the scarring causing the pain.  Just takes longer to go away now and i am more fatigued. You are so right, in pe the pain was on in breath, not out.

      They have switched me to apixaban not warfarin and im wondering if that might not have helped.

      Plodding on in hope. 

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      Hi Lizzie,

      No follow up scan for me, although I was due a visit for a checkup where my gp had suggested one, but it was postponed.

      Peter

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      Hi Ann,

      I think one of the major measure the pulmonary people use is breathlessness. If you are suffering from that, then I would go back.

      My specialist did mention about possible "flair up" caused by inflamation. He said it would cause asthma like symptoms. Coincidentally my gp surgery have booked me in for an athsma assessment in a couple of weeks as part of my ongoing treatment (I guess there are are some benefits to having to attend for warfarin tests...). It will be interesting to compare these results to my hospital sign off tests to these.

      all the best

      Peter

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    hi Ann are you getting oesophageal reflux? the reason i ask is i have had this since i was started on riveroxaban i am no longer on them but the reflux remains, my throat feels sore and i have a cough sometimes too caused by the acid from my stomach. i am on pantropazole and gaviscon now
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      Hi Christie. I am on Apixaban and I was suffering with reflux. GP prescribed Lansoprazole it is fantastic. Worked from first day. Take one every morning.
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    how are you now. I take half teaspoon of olive oil after brushing my teeth at night for sore  throat,also take vitamin c daily. 

    when i feel like getting cold ,i use two pitches of salt in full glass of water and wash my eyes nose with this salt water also gargle,after that wash my eyes and face with fresh water immediately specially i clean eyes .this saves me from cold mostly.

    how your is your pain now?

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      Thanks for info. Cold is gettingbetter slowly. Still,have cough. Main problem is fatigue and depression now so much worse since going on apixaban.  Anyone else find it dropped mood?
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